This week I was inspired to try something new by sending out a “half-baked idea.” A concept I learned about through Harold Jarche (I know I reference this guy a lot and yes, he is that good).
- Jay Baer and his post on what did you do to get better today.
- Ken Hudson and his article on making one small change a day to foster innovation.
My Half-Baked Idea
This idea was in the form of a brief to one of the VP’s of the company I work for to help the team convince our company to further invest in our Learning &Development function. Normally, I make sure that the content is solid and that the side deck has visual appeal before sending it for review. This time I chose not to do that, sending out a text only version with an outline of what I thought we should cover. If you are a recovering perfectionist you will totally understand how hard this was. All I could hear as I hit send was the monkey in my head telling me I was going to look like an idiot. I did it anyway and below is what I learned.
- Just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean you should: It’s rewarding to give other people a chance to shine.
- The value of the collective is sometimes better than the value of the individual: What was returned to me was far better than what I would have created myself.
- Creativity needs space: If you provide someone the solution they never really have a chance to think outside the box and innovate.
- It’s hard work getting over yourself: I have to remind myself daily that I do not need to have all the answers, that I can be imperfect, and that if I don’t take the chance to fail then I will never truly learn.